The women’s tennis team went 2-0 in their final weekend of regular season play. They started the weekend Saturday April 18 with an 8-1 victory over the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas.
“The team is playing at a very high, competitive level right now. It’s hard to say that we’re peaking because there are a lot of team members currently injured””throwing a curveball in our typical lineup,” said first year Marie Lutz.
The Tigers were dominant, dropping only a single game as they swept doubles.
Sophomore Liza Southwick and Lutz won 8-1 at No. 1, juniors Gaby Roe and Caroline White won 8-0 at No. 2, and first years Cheyenne Duncan and Blaire Porter won 8-0 at No. 3.
Lutz (6-0, 6-2 at No. 2), White (6-3, 6-0 at No. 3), Roe (6-0, 6-0 at No. 4), first year Nicole Rueb (6-0, 6-1 at No. 5) and Duncan (6-1, 6-0 at No. 6) all won in straight sets in singles matches.
The lone loss for the Tigers came as Southwick was edged 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 against a former Division I player at the No. 1 spot.
On Sunday, April 19, the women finished the regular season with a 6-3 win over No. 38 University of Texas at Tyler.
“I told the girls beforehand, “˜Look, this is going to be a tough match. You know, really get your game face on’. This is probably one of the biggest matches of the season,” Roe said. “I think that everyone was really focused and set on knowing that every point counted in that match.”
The Tigers went 2-1 after doubles as Southwick and Lutz won comfortably 8-2 at No. 1 and Roe and White won in a 9-7 battle at No. 2.
Roe and White are 7-4 this season as doubles partners and 4-0 when playing at the No. 2 line. Duncan and Porter fell in a tight 8-6 match at No. 3.
The top four players in the singles lineup each got wins for Trinity. Southwick won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, Lutz won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2, White won 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 at No. 3 and Roe won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4. Rueb (1-6, 6-2, 6-1) and Duncan (6-1, 5-7, 6-3) each lost in three sets.
“Especially in the beginning of the season, we play a lot of DII teams and some DI. Even though that is really good practice””and we really need to challenge ourselves in these matches””it is really nice to have a confidence booster at the end of the season. We go into conference””go into regionals””knowing that against these DIII teams we are matching up well against them,” Roe said.
The Tigers finish the regular season with an 8-8 record and three consecutive wins. They also boast a 7-2 record this season against NCAA Division III competition.
“We have been kind of waiting for this part of the season. We had a really hard schedule””and we were a little over our heads in some regards””but it was great,” Rush said. “The girls are really coming together, everybody is getting better, and we are pretty healthy right now so things are looking pretty good.”
The post season begins with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament April 24-26 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
The Tigers received a bye in the first round.
Their first game is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, where they will play the winner of the Southwestern and Texas Lutheran University match up in the semifinal round.